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"Because while observers and fans were gnashing their teeth over the release of Garrard and the rocky results of an overanalyzed preseason, the Jaguars never wavered on a couple of key points. One was that they still had a chance to be pretty good. Another was that a reason they were going to be pretty good was the defense."

"Just remember that this isn't college football. The only style points that matter are whether you win or lose. And if we learned anything in our first glimpse of the 2011 Jaguars, it's that they're not about riveting entertainment but might be better than the sum of their parts."  The Times-Union

"We're going to play good defense again," Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio said. "It's been a number of years since I felt this way about us defensively. We're going to be a strong unit and I have a lot of confidence in that because of the players we acquired and the way they're attacking."  The Times-Union

"Jaguars head coach Jack Del Rio has Maurice Jones-Drew on what amounts to football&39;s version of a pitch count."  The Times-Union

"After much criticism of the Jaguars&39; pass rush — especially during the preseason, when the defense didn&39;t get a sack in the first three games — wouldn&39;t you know it? The Jags got a sack on the game&39;s first play Sunday against the Tennessee Titans."  The Times-Union

"That was exactly what we were looking for early," defensive end Jeremy Minceysaid. "We couldn&39;t have scripted it any better."

Luke McCown passes his first test as a starter.  The Times-Union

"At the end of the day, it was about winning," McCown said. "All I wanted to do was have more points than the other team."

"With a player like him, you know that he has the ability to make a big play here and there," said newly acquired linebacker Paul Posluszny. "I think we just did a great job of containing him today, and that just goes to show how well our defense played, especially up front."  Gainesville Sun

What the opponent is saying

"The Titans struggled to get first downs while falling behind 13-0, and could only watch as the Jaguars kept the football [by running it down their throats](|topnews|text|Sports Tennessee Titans)."  The Tennessean

"Along the way, the Jaguars defense rendered Chris Johnson null and void. He ran nine times for 24 yards, adding six catches for 25 more yards. Seldom has he been such a minimal factor in his four years with the Titans."  The Tennessean

"I didn't really have much opportunity to run the ball," Johnsonsaid after the 16-14 loss to the Jaguars. "At the end of the day, my opportunities will be better. I just feel that we need work as an offensive unit as a whole to stay on the field."  The Tennessean

"All preseason, Tennessee Titansreceiver Kenny Britt faced questions about his nagging hamstring injury and a possible suspension for offseason misdeeds."  The Tennessean

"I got a little greedy," Hasselbeck said. "That's exactly what happened. It was a matchup situation and the play that was called, I felt, could end the game. It didn't go down, obviously, like I envisioned but Rob (Bironas) is a kicker with a big leg and there wasn't a lot of time left. The smarter play would have been probably to hit Chris (Johnson), hopefully spike it, and give our field goal team a chance."

"It's our job to get them off the field with three-and-outs," defensive end William Hayes said. "But they just basically ran the ball down our throats the whole day. We just missed a lot of tackles that we shouldn't have missed."  The Tennessean

"Isn't that what you want to hear from your best offensive player? I much prefer it to him being understanding about not playing as much as he wanted to or felt he could. To me, as per his request, end of story."

Jaguars quarterback Luke McCown met with the media following the Jaguars 16-14 win.

Hear what the head coach had to say following the win.

Around the NFL

Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback.

Clark Judge of gives his thoughts on NFL's Kickoff Weekend.

"I&39;m not entirely sure who starts at quarterback in Jacksonville makes a huge difference, because when the Jaguars win, they always seem to play the same kind of low-scoring, ground-dominated game that we saw Sunday in their 16-14 conquest of Tennessee. "

John Clayton of gives his take on Week One.

Indianapolis Starcolumnist Bob Kravitz gives his thoughts on the Colts loss at Houston.

"It&39;s as good as it comes," Texans owner Bob McNair said. "It&39;s as good as it comes to dominate a team like this is outstanding. They&39;re a good ballclub and they&39;ll win a lot of games this year."  Houston Chronicle

ProFootballTalk.comreviews the action of Kickoff Weekend.

Jason Cole of gives his 'Winners and Losers' from Sunday.

USA TODAY&39;s Nate Davis looks at the superlatives for Week 1 of the NFL season.  USA Today

Tweet, Tweet

Special shout out to all our fans who were 12thman today

@TheSeventyFIfth (offensive tackle Eugene Monroe)

Got that w!  Wheeeeeeewwww!


Very excited about our win today, great way to start the season off

@CecilShortsIII (wide receiver Cecil Shorts III)

Land of the free, home of the brave.  Never, ever, forget that

@BlaineGabbert (quarterback Blaine Gabbert)

Great win today! That's how you finish.  Amazing 12thman with the fans today!!! And God bless our troops!  #USA

@KyleBosworth (linebacker Kyle Bosworth)

Everyone relax titans will be ok it's only week one

@ChrisJohnson28 (Titans running back Chris Johnson)

Jagnation Ya Boi M-80 appreciates all the love and support.  Good win for Us.  Much work ahead. #Duuuvvvaaall

@MikeThomasJax (wide receiver Mike Thomas)

Great W today for the #Jaguars.  Can't win them all if you don't win the first one!  S/O to #JagNation for being a great 12thman today!!

@ZachPotter88 (tight end Zach Potter)

Stat of the day

The Jaguars held Titans running back Chris Johnson to 24 yards, the third-fewest of his career.


The Jaguars will have conditioning this morning at EverBank Field.  Head coach Jack Del Rio will address the media at 1:45 p.m.  Stay tuned to and @jaguarsinsider for updates throughout the day.

The last word

"It was great just to start the year off right with the win and obviously we missed Kampman.  We are a better football team when he's out there but, just like anything else if a guy goes down here and there we have other guys that can step up and make the plays necessary to win"

Jaguars linebacker Paul Posluszny on getting the win despite the absence of defensive end Aaron Kampman

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